School Health Screening Info
Recently, Body Mass Index, or BMI, screenings occurred for 10th graders. BMI is a measure that is used to show a person’s “weight for height for age.” Just like a blood pressure reading or an eye screening test, a BMI can be a useful tool in identifying possible health risks, but it does not provide a diagnosis. Massachusetts schools have taken heights and weights of students each year since the 1950’s. According to the state’s new BMI screening regulations (which were approved in 2013), schools must now collect the heights and weights of students in grades 1, 4, 7, & 10. BMI data collected for all children in these grades will be gathered and reported to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as a combined number. No individual student BMI results will be shared with anyone other than the student and the parent/guardian. Checking a child's growth over time is more important than just a one-time measurement. Regardless of the BMI number, it's important for everyone to be active and eat healthy. For more helpful info about childhood wellness and fitness, you can visit www.mass.gov/massinmotion/ and check out the articles below.
Daily Health Checks remain essential for everyone before leaving home. If you have covid-related symptoms, stay home and schedule a test.
To find a test provider near you, visit https://www.mass.gov/info-details/find-a-covid-19-test
Interested in getting a free PCR test each week at school? Participate in our weekly covid safety checks (pooled testing)!
Routine COVID safety checks minimize disruption to learning by helping us catch positive cases and prevent potential spread of the virus before it starts. These safety checks occur every Wednesday morning from 7am-9am. In almost all cases, it will take less than 24 hours to receive safety check results. If a safety check test is positive, the people in that group will take individual rapid tests to determine which person(s) in the group produced the positive test. Individuals over age 18 can consent for themselves. Students under the age of 18 need to be registered by a parent/guardian. You can register online at https://www.cic-health.com/consent/ma?district=null or use the QR code. Our school district is South Middlesex Regional Vocational Technical and our school is Joseph P. Keefe Technical High School.
We cannot perform any testing without these consents in place. Please email one of the nurses with any questions or concerns. If you have tested positive for covid within the last 90 days, do not participate in pooled testing.
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- COVID-19 Resources
- Updated Immunization Requirements
- Influenza Information 2020
- COVID-19 Testing Consent Forms
- Local COVID Testing Info and Alerts
- Food Resources
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- Videos - Covid Safety/Healthy Habits